ESPN adds eight to '30 for 30' project

Morgan Freeman, Spike Jonze among filmmakers

PASADENA -- ESPN announced eight additional documentary films for its "30 for 30" film project, including deals with Morgan Freeman, Frank Marshall and Spike Jonze.

The move adds another eight hours to the network's budding documentary slate, in which filmmakers cover a sports subject that took place within the past 30 years. ESPN went on the air in 1979.

The network said at the Television Critics Assn.'s press tour that subjects will cover South African rugby, BMX star Mat Hoffman, ostracized Cubs fan Steve Bartman, disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones, the Los Angeles Raiders, jockey Chris Antley and Charismatic, the late NASCAR driver Tim Richmond and Olympic speedskater Johann Olav Koss.

Filmmakers on board include Freeman and Lori McCreary, Ice Cube, Alex Gibney, Frank Marshall, John Singleton, Al Szymanski and the trios of Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine and Steve Michaels, Joel Surnow and Jonathan Koch.